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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
January 26, 2016
Video

On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, guests explored six countries on two continents, learning about the incredible history of the region. From Istanbul's hippodrome and Trabzon's Sumela Monastery to the art of Turkish coffee, our adventurers learned about the staggering historical dimensions and cultures of Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. 

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Papeete, Tahiti
January 18, 2016
Field Report

Friday, October 30, 2015 - Papeete, Tahiti / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the city of Papeete from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the South Pacific. After a morning of exploring the Hotel Intercontinental on our own and a group brunch, most of us met local guides who introduced us to the history and culture of...

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
January 8, 2016
Video

On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea expedition, art historian Allan Langdale took some time to describe the process of preparing traditional Turkish coffee.

Scotia Sea
December 28, 2015
Field Report

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Santiago, Chile: Crowns in my purse I have and goods at home. And so am come abroad to see the world. ~ William Shakespeare

Passport: check! Parka: check! Sense of adventure: check! Coming from myriad points on the planet, today we arrived in Santiago to meet our South Georgia traveling companions. Once ensconced in the Holiday Inn, many chose to spend the afternoon seeing the...

Taveuni, Fiji
December 16, 2015
Field Report

Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2015 - Nadi, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky / Taveuni: We converged on the city of Nadi to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the South Pacific, from Fiji to Tahiti. Some of us had arrived a day early to explore Fiji on our own, while others enjoyed the amenities of the lovely Westin Denarau Island Resort. After lunch, we met local guides who introduced us to the...

Ushuaia, Argentina
December 15, 2015
Blog Post

Most of Zegrahm's adventures in the southernmost realm begin in Ushuaia, Argentina. It's important to note that there is a “reciprocity” fee that applies to all US, Canadian, and Australian nationals entering Argentina, and that a one-time payment of $160.00 must be paid in US dollars by credit card ONLINE before you arrive in Argentina. Once paid, you must print out the receipt and present it to the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry. The...

The Best Cultural Dive Sites in the World
November 18, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time Zegrahm leader, Susan Langley, is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historic Trust. She is a dive safety officer for the state of Maryland and is a master scuba diver trainer through PADI. Susan teaches classes and seminars on marine archaeology, and recently had a project recognized by President Obama! (...

White Tern, Ducie Island
November 16, 2015
Blog Post

As the sky began to brighten with an orange glow, a Zodiac was lowered and the scout party hopped aboard. In the scarce light, it was clear that wind and swell were pounding the reef around Ducie Island, a remote atoll and the fourth and final island in the Pitcairn group that we hoped to visit on this trip. Time seemed to stand still as we awaited the callwould it be possible to find a way ashore?

As soon as word arrived that a safe landing had been found, we bundled...

Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada
November 3, 2015
Field Report

Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Edmonton, Canada / Kugluktuk, Nunavut / Embark Sea Adventurer: Full of excited chatter, we boarded our charter flight this morning as we left Edmonton for Kugluktuk. A brief refueling stop en route at Yellowknife gave us a nice view of Great Slave Lake and the last obvious trees we would see for the rest of the trip. Soon we landed on the small airstrip amidst the low tundra landscapes of Kugluktuk...

Little Auks, Northwest Spitsbergen
October 28, 2015
Video

Our recent expedition to the Arctic yielded spectacular wildlife results, including a visit to a little auk nesting site! Watch ornithologist, Mark Brazil, describe the incredible scene of thousands of birds.

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